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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,634Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 324

$789K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 324

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,343 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Kansas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 545 418 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 528 415 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 446 348 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 439 355 4 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 348 275 5 8
LISINOPRIL 327 262 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 321 224 7 9
OMEPRAZOLE 318 259 8 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 301 269 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 288 231 10 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 276 259 11 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 269 242 12 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 228 183 13 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 201 172 14 16
GABAPENTIN 164 100 15 13
NEXIUM 159 91 16 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 124 17 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 138 18 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 129 111 19 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 110 20 25
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 123 52 S2 20 89
GLIMEPIRIDE 108 81 22 37
TRAMADOL HCL 108 85 22 19
SYNTHROID 104 100 24 30
OXYCODONE HCL 104 53 S2 24 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 103 61 26 34
SPIRIVA 103 83 26 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 89 28 24
ATENOLOL 94 94 29 18
PROAIR HFA 91 29 30 50
LYRICA 89 40 31 107
ALLOPURINOL 84 81 32 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 63 33 54
BYSTOLIC 83 70 33 111
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 71 33 32
DIGOXIN 80 46 36 40
LOVASTATIN 76 75 37 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 75 57 38 81
CYMBALTA 75 44 38 45
NOVOLOG 74 72 40 60
MELOXICAM 73 57 41 29
GLYBURIDE 72 72 R 42 59
RANITIDINE HCL 71 57 43 58
DILTIAZEM ER 71 56 43 128
VENLAFAXINE HCL 70 70 45 187
MORPHINE SULFATE 70 21 S2 45 233
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 51 47 47
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 67 64 S3 48 188
TRAZODONE HCL 66 53 49 42
CARVEDILOL 66 42 49 22
NAMENDA 66 56 49 31
PAROXETINE HCL 65 51 52 72
LANTUS 65 61 52 39
XOPENEX HFA 63 44 54 333
QUINAPRIL HCL 63 48 54 186
CRESTOR 62 45 56 28
SYMBICORT 62 28 56 183
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 23 R 56 51
SERTRALINE HCL 60 49 59 23
GLIPIZIDE 59 37 60 73
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 52 R 61 66
CLOPIDOGREL 57 48 62 38
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 57 62 75
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 40 64 128
LEVEMIR 55 55 65 222
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 48 65 86
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 30 67 164
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 54 67 49
TAZTIA XT 54 46 67 282
LEVOXYL 53 41 70 173
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 51 70 88
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 43 S2 72 97
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on May 6, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.